Top seven travel sleep masks

Being able to sleep on a plane is not an easy skill to master, but there are some products that will certainly help, such as these seven sleep masks for the budget-conscious traveller.

1. Contoured Dreamweaver Sleep Mask

This one is perfect for those who don’t like anything touching their eyes while they sleep. The Contoured Dreamweaver Sleep Mask has contoured domes that surround your eye sockets, rather than resting on your eyes, making it super comfy and effective in shutting out light. And it comes with earplugs.

2. IMAK Pain Relief Eye Mask

Not only is this one great for travel, but if you’re one to suffer through headaches, puffy eyes and sinus pain, the tiny ergoBeads inside the IMAK Eye Mask will conform to your face offering a pleasant, beneficial massaging effect. You can also freeze the mask to help combat puffy eyes.

3. Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask

Woven with silky fabric and embedded with the skin-enhancing properties of copper oxide polyester, the Iluminage Eye Mask claims to promote younger-looking skin when used for four weeks – as well as blocking out the light.

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4. GoSleep Travel Sleeping System

It’s not a fancy, long-winded way of saying ‘sleep mask’ – the GoSleep Travel Sleeping System earns its fancy name through the innovative use of adjustable elastic straps that attach to the flaps on your plane seat headrest, as well as the inclusion of a memory foam travel pillow that sits snugly behind your head. Simply position the pillow behind your neck, loop the mask’s straps around the headrest and pull the mask over your eyes and it will shield the light and stop your head from tilting forward. It also comes with a handy travel pouch.

5. Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Masks

They’re cheap and highly effective at blocking out the light, which is why the Alaska Bear sleep mask has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon. Made with 100 per cent natural mulberry silk on both sides, and with an adjustable headband and a small flap for extra light-blocking effectiveness, the Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask is a go-to for budget-minded travellers looking for maximum comfort.

6. Bedtime Bliss Sleep Mask

This is another mask that doesn’t rest on your eyes, meaning that when you fall into REM sleep, the movement of your eyelids won’t wake you up. The contoured cones that surround your eyes give you a comfortable light-blocker with no pressure on your eyelids. The Bedtime Bliss Sleep Mask is shipped with earplugs and a handy carry-case.

7. Premium Lavender Eye Pillow

Lavender is well known for its sleep-enhancing properties, which is why the Premium Lavender Eye Pillow is packed with the sleepy-time herb. It’s calming and comfortable and perfect for those seats near the airplane bathroom or galley. The Premium Lavender Eye Pillow is a hypo-allergenic silk eye mask, and comes with a muslin pouch filled with organic lavender and flax seed, and gel eye mask. It’s probably a good idea to buy this one in advance and test it out, so you can adjust how much lavender is required inside the mask.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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